Facebook plans to integrate its three Instant Messaging applications, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram Instant Messaging, which has been revealed. Plans come from Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg, The New York Times reported.
The three applications historically target different audiences, have different uses and different structures. Zuckerberg even insisted when Facebook first acquired them that Instagram and WhatsApp would have some autonomy from their new owners. Recently, some features have begun to emerge, such as Instagram and Facebook stories, and WhatsApp's equivalent status, but the basic structure of the apps has remained different and different. Obviously not for long. The change is expected between the end of the year and the beginning of the next
Zuckerberg said that while the three applications will continue to be separate and separate, their technical infrastructure will be the same. This change will also allow users to inform each other of each of the three apps without having to change the platform.
This move requires every communication to be encrypted from end to end, visible only to users and nobody else. Currently, WhatsApp only provides this as the default option. Facebook messenger allows encryption only in secret conversations that can be accessed by the app, but this is not the default. Instagram has no such thing. So, this is good news for privacy but only if it is done right. And given the achievements of Facebook, people have the full right to be skeptical. "His move could potentially be good or bad for security / privacy," Matthew Green, assistant professor of computer science at Johns Hopkins Institute of Information Security. In thread on Twitter about the plans. "But given the recent history and financial motives of Facebook, I would not bet the money for lunch to" good. "Now is the time to start moving important calls from these services."
There is also a question of different registration requirements when it comes to different applications, you need your Facebook identity for a courier, an Instagram email and your WhatsApp phone number, and there are clear concerns about how metadata from future interactions between users in the platform will be used by Facebook. they want identity and it is now unclear what safeguards will be put in place to deal with these concerns
This close integration is a significant reversal of the way the three platforms are implemented to today and many of them believe that this is part of the reason why the founders of Instagram and WhatsApp withdrew from board positions on Facebook last year.